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'tiredTeacher
Yesterday at 10:45:21 AM by 'tiredTeacher
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No one posting or is my computer being peculiar?

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mikebreeze
August 08, 2015, 02:44:40 PM by mikebreeze
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I went here on 08/08/2015.  But it wasn't to camp.  I had signed up for numerous drawings at the RV Show in Chantilly, VA earlier this year.  They called me yesterday afternoon and asked if I would like to take a tour of their facility and hear a presentation about their programs.  Yeah, I've heard this pitch before.  They said that I would get the following if I went and devoted 2 hours to the tour and the presentation:

A $50 VISA Gift Card
A Free Breakfast
A Free one week stay at a condo or luxury cabin.
$1,000.00 of Free Camping.

Wow,  So I went.  My guide/salesperson was named Kelly.  She was very nice.  She asked a lot of probing questions during the tour of the campground in order to qualify me.  The campground was very nice.  Looked like around 400 sites, 30% full timers and not all sites have E/W/S.  It had a reenactment area and a civil war monument right on the property.  Then she explained the 'deal' to me.  This place is owned by Travel Resorts of America.  They have a half dozen properties and have some kind of arrangements with other companies and resorts.  It looked like 75-100 facilities nationwide from the map she showed me.  You get various benefits as well.  Because of these arrangements they can offer you what amounts to free camping for an up front fee of around $13,000 and around $500 a year maintenance fee.  I believe this is a lifetime arrangement.  You can even finance it for around $150 a month.  They are also associated with the 'Coast to Coast' program.

I listened and then told her that I didn't think that it was a good deal.  My reasons were that you would have to be a full timer, which I am not right now, to get your money's worth out of this deal.  It would be nearly impossible to sell this membership to someone else unless you take a big loss.  And if you don't make your membership or maintenance payment, you may get sued or lose all the money that you put into it so far.  What they basically want you to do is pay up front for your camping fees/privileges.

Kelly did not 'beat me up' too badly to close me and did not even T.O. me.  She did mention that she worked on pure commission and inferred that I shouldn't have come there just to get the free stuff.  I didn't want to argue with her so I said nothing.  But if one chooses to work in an all commission environment, one should expect a lot of 'no's' and an inconsistent income.  So I liked this place.  I got everything that they advertised.  However, the condo/cabin deal came with a $49 processing fee.  So it wasn't really free.  I intend to take advantage of the $1,000 worth of free camping.  That is, unless they throw up some ridiculous fee for that as well.  Overall this was an interesting way to spend a Saturday.  And I did not buy the 'deal'.

I would be curious if anyone else on this board has Coast to Coast and if it is structured like was explained to me above.





rjf7g
August 02, 2015, 10:03:47 PM by rjf7g
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I will post this to the FB group, too, but I wanted to let folks know how easy it is to find the Ice Cream Boat on Smith Mountain Lake now - they have added a GPS Tracker.  Check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theicecreamboat?fref=ts and if you don't do Facebook but are interested, check out the GPS Tracker here - https://www.followmee.com/mapx.aspx?token=27820523-2238-416b-9606-de5367129347.
July 25, 2015, 07:55:41 AM by Ken Attkisson | Views: 544 | Comments: 9

My wife and I stayed at this Campground July 19th-23th 2015.  This is the closest campground to the Assateague causeway allowing access to the ocean and wildlife areas.  It is directly across from the lighthouse that can be seen at night. We bicycled over on several occasions with no problem because of bike trails and flat land.

This park is relatively large with over 150 sites.  It appears to be about 50% long term/seasonal and the remainder being broken up between tent camping and RV's.  There are old large pine trees over most sites for shade.  The bathhouses were old but maintained.  They have a well maintained pool and large open areas for kids to run and play.  The employees were very nice and accommodating. They picked up trash bags several times a day--necessary because the sea gulls would pick through them in no time. The town sprayed for bugs several times during our stay so they won't a problem. Lots of Good restaurants and Ice cream shops in the area.  Lots of kids as you would expect but noise wasn't a problem.

They seem to be limited in sites with sewer as the hookup have been retrofitted to their septic systems and they don't have the elevation differences to do the entire campground. As hot as it was with everybody's A-c running voltage stayed at 120+.  Site size should allow for multiple slides .  If you have a super long unit I would ask questions.

There are other Campgrounds in town that are more modern but you have to come through town to get to the beach.

Pluses:
Location,Location,Location
Shade
Access to town

Minuses:
Dated bath houses
$31 each way on Bridge tunnel flat towing a car. A consideration not of their making

All in all a pleasant experience and we would/will go back at some point.
rjf7g
July 23, 2015, 11:16:26 PM by rjf7g
Views: 173 | Comments: 4

Last October 6, Dad (now 78 years old) had his right hip replaced.  He did very well but we basically lost October with the exception of one weekend my younger brother took care of Dad so we could pack up our seasonal site (about 75% properly) as Mom is in no condition to help out like Dad needs.  Dad is waiting until November to get his left hip done!  This will put a damper on my early winter camping fantasies, but there's always mid and late winter!  At least we will be able to close out the lake place properly this year and no try to do three weekends worth of work in one!
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